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Bernards Township Library is a member of the Morris Automated Information Network [MAIN], a New Jersey organization of 36 municipal public libraries and the Morris County Library. These libraries share a computer system and offer the 26,000+ residents of Bernards Township and 470,000 residents of Morris county an online library catalog that lists over 2 million items.
The MAIN catalog allows you to search Bernards Township Library’s materials as well as those of the other 36 partner libraries. You have the choice of several search options (Basic Search, Power Search, Browse Subjects, and Kids Library), the ability to create personalized book lists, and the ability to see book reviews and best-seller lists. Changes to the catalog interface are made occasionally to improve your searching and borrowing experience.
The computer system enhances all aspects of check-in, check-out, renewals, etc. If you have your Library card with you the staff can serve you faster.
Some things you should know about the catalog and system:
- You can check your own library activity with My Account. When you log in to the MAIN catalog with your Library card number and PIN, you are able to see what you have checked out and when it is due, renew materials, place a true electronic reserve for items owned by Bernards Township Library or by other MAIN libraries, and see if holds are available for pick-up.
- Materials that are overdue cannot be renewed online—please call (908 204 3031) or stop in at the Library to renew these items. Items that are on hold for another patron cannot be renewed online or in person.
- You can choose to be notified by email or phone when your requested items are available. Contact a staff member to change this preference, or to update your contact information.
- If you do not remember setting a PIN previously, try the last four digits of your telephone number. Otherwise, contact us at (908 204 3031) ext. 3 or stop in to have your PIN set.
- Fines are computed and displayed as follows: There is a two-day grace period built into the system, but if an item is not returned within the grace period, fines will be calculated by the computer from the due date. The system calculates overdue fines continuously and will block further renewals, check-outs, etc. when the fine reaches $10. If this happens, please see a circulation staff member.
- The system prompts staff to confirm your contact information annually. When this needs to be done you may see the message “Privilege has expired” when you go to place a hold or to renew items. Please call (908 204 3031) or stop in at the Library to update your card.
If you need help navigating your way around the Library catalog, please plan to attend one or more Your Library 24/7 sessions or ask a staff member for help. We really want your Library experience to be useful and enjoyable.